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Though the pandemic was difficult for many of us humans, our pets couldn’t have been happier.     But now that most of the world is back to in-person work and school, our furry creatures can’t spend every waking hour with us. This is okay for some pets; my cat has been plotting to get […]

Dog photo by Simon Hurry for Unsplash

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How to Help Your Family Pet With Separation Anxiety When You Go Back to Work and the Kids Go Back to School

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I used to love hiking. In fact, I studied abroad in New Zealand as a high school student and spent a month at the Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre while there. But, I got away from it after the first of my four knee surgeries more than 15 years ago. However, the pandemic–and a […]

FAMILY

Top 12 Products for a Family Hike

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Trigger warning: as noted in the title, this blog post is about my daughter’s open heart surgery and the roller coaster of emotions that comes when your child is critically ill. Please do not read beyond this point if it could potentially upset you or trigger your own experiences in a negative way. When my […]

These two pictures were taken exactly eight years apart, to the day. What a #heartwarrior!

FAMILY

Eight Years Post-Open Heart Surgery: Our Story

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If your town is anything like mine, you know just how hard the pandemic has hit small businesses. I’ve been trying my best to support local shops, restaurants and small business owners as much as possible; in fact, I was featured in this Thrive Global article back in April on how people are supporting their […]

LIFE

Shop Small Businesses

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If you read my previous post, you’ll recall my daughters and I did a mandatory 14-day quarantine when we went home to Canada to see my family. Overall, I did a pretty good job of preparing and packing (minus forgetting my older daughter’s laptop charger), but I thought I’d share a few things I wish […]

TRAVEL

What I Wish I Had Brought Into Quarantine

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If you’ve been following me for awhile, you know that I was born and raised in Canada. I’ve lived all over the U.S., but settled in Michigan in 2005, so I could be within an hour’s drive of my family across the border. In normal times, we’d see my parents every week or every other […]

Quarantining with kids

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Prepping For Quarantine in a Different Country

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If you’re an email subscriber of mine, you read this last week (and if you’re not subscribed, sign up here). You haven’t heard from me in a couple of months and there’s a good reason: I burned out. It’s actually somewhat ironic because I’ve spoken on international stages about organizational culture, employee engagement, well-being and, […]

The Holdsworth Family

LIFE

I Did It…I Burned Out

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We’ve all been at home now for the better part of two months, and probably, like many of you, my husband and I have been trying to squeeze in some sort of date night here and there. But after a few too many movie nights where we stuffed ourselves silly with popcorn and candy and […]

Best date night at home ideas

LIFE

The 15 Best Date Night (at Home) Ideas

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Learn how to hygge at home while slowing down your life.

LIFE

Hygge At Home During the Coronavirus Outbreak

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NOTE: I originally wrote this post for LittleGuide Detroit, so be sure to click through and check out all of their great tips and activities. On Friday, March 13th, 2020 at 6am, I awoke to the news that my daughter’s school district was shutting down through April 13th as a precautionary measure to the coronavirus […]

Inexpensive ways to keep the kids busy while they are out of school

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Inexpensive Ways to Keep The Kids Busy While They’re Out of School

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